A quick-thinking train engineer is being credited with saving the life of a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix who was tied to the tracks by his elderly owner.
The unnamed Union Pacific Railroad engineer reportedly spotted someone walking away from the tracks near Mecca in Riverside County, California, after having left something behind.
He immediately activated the train's emergency braking system, and managed to stop just short of the defenseless puppy.
Pina also caught up with the 78-year-old man responsible for the cruel act, and detained him.
He was eventually released to relatives without charges.
Named "Banjo" by his temporary caregivers, the pup is now up for adoption, and interested rescuers are invited to email Riverside County Animal Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.